Director of Public Works and Engineering

Town of Hay river
24 mars, 2022
Hay River, Canada
Job Type



Director of Public Works and Engineering


The Director  is responsible for leading the management, operation, administration and implementation of all municipal works, engineering, and community planning programs and services in order to ensure effective and appropriate services for residents and stakeholders.


The position of Director of Public Works and Engineering reports to the Senior Administrative Officer. The Director is accountable for the proper management of engineering services and maintenance of municipal roads, bridges, culverts, drainage and water/wastewater operations. The Director also provides support to other Departments for troubleshooting and design of infrastructure and facilities.

The Director develops long-term capital plans and ensures appropriate preventative maintenance plans are in place to support public works assets. The Director is accountable for the preparation and monitoring of the Public Works Department’s annual operations and capital budgets.


  1. Directs, monitors and oversees the activities of the Public Works and Engineering Department. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Manage day to day operations including water treatment plant/solid waste facility/water standards, delivery of water, sanitation & sewage services, inspections of roads, bridge & drainage systems.
  • Supervise road/highway maintenance programs.
  • Conduct inspections of public buildings.
  • Ensure Town equipment and vehicles are maintained and repaired.
  • Maintain accurate files, draft and/or prepare for Mayor or SAO signature, letters to government and industry.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant legislation, policy, bylaws, regulatory requirements
  • Prepare and file reports required by all levels of government.
  1. Plans, prioritizes and ensures the implementation of Town works, community planning, construction and maintenance programs. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Lead proposal calls, tenders, invitational tenders and purchasing for the Public Works and Engineering Department.
  • Recommend and manage consultants retained by the Town.
  • Liaise with contracted architects, planners & engineers.
  • Schedule work
  • Provide project management
  • Evaluate and responds to operational challenges and opportunities for improvement.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of a preventative maintenance system
  • Leads required work on land administration, planning and zoning.
  1. Develops departmental standards, policies and procedures. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Responsible for the ongoing development of and adherence to maintenance standards.
  • Recommend design standards for new developments.
  1. Provides engineering recommendations and advice to Council. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Applies design standards and comments on various development submissions to the Town.
  • Monitors construction progress and activities.
  • Attends Council meetings
  1. Manages staff effectively. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Directly supervise the Public Works Supervisor, Development Officer / Building Inspector, and Civil Infrastructure Manager
  • Undertake employee performance management, including annual goal setting/work-planning, annual performance appraisals, discipline as required in conjunction with Human Resources
  • Provide regular feedback to subordinates as part of ongoing performance management of staff
  • Ensure staff oversight in accordance with the Town of Hay River Collective Agreement.
  • Participate in the recruitment, hiring, training, management, scheduling and professional development of public works employees and various casual staff.
  • Attend Department Head meetings and provide regular updates to staff.
  • Ensure staff are appropriately trained, both to meet operational needs and for personal/career development.
  • Reaffirm the importance of safety in the workplace and contribute to the safety culture
  1. Responds to inquiries and investigates complaints from the public and public agencies. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Participate in the development and implementation of public service standards.
  • Deal with public concerns in an appropriate and timely manner.
  • Respond to Ministry of the Environment inquiries.
  1. In collaboration with Director of Finance & Administration, prepares and monitors Budgets. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Work with Finance, as part of the senior management team, to prepare departmental operating and capital/infrastructure budget for Council approval.
  • Proactively monitor the availability of grants, subsidies and other forms of funding and ensure eligibility, scheduling/timing and implementation requirements are fulfilled.
  • Review expenditures and approve for payment.
  • Prepare applications for funding of public works projects.
  1. Infrastructure development responsibilities. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Review and approve (on behalf of the Town) engineering drawings for all department construction works and subdivision developments and ensure compliance.
  • Responsible for site inspections on all public works.
  • Undertake land development and administration, planning and zoning Ensure land development, planning and zoning are undertaken in accordance with bylaws, policies, best practices, legislation
  1. Perform other related duties as required


Competencies are the attitudes, attributes, behaviors or other personal characteristics that are needed in order to perform a job well.  Competencies are intended to complement the credentials, education and technical proficiency that an individual typically brings to a position.  The Town will support staff in enhancing their competencies and learning to apply competencies to their daily work.

The following core competencies are expected of all employees of the Town.

Organizational awareness – understands big picture of issues facing the Town and community; aware of community events and occurrences; values the place of the Town within the community, understands the connection between his/her role and the vision and mission of the Town.

Customer Service – balances the interests of clients; re-adjusts priorities to respond to pressing and changing client needs. Anticipates and meets the needs of clients; achieves quality end products; committed to continuous improvement of services; ambassador for the Town to customers and clients.

Manage Resources Wisely –recognizes the value of resources - whether they are financial, human, information, material, assets, etc. – and strives to use these prudently and sustainably, in the best interests of the Town.

Interpersonal skills – considers and responds appropriately to the needs, feelings and capabilities of different people in different situations; tactful, compassionate and sensitive; treats others with respect.

Oral Communication – makes clear and convincing points to individuals or groups; listens effectively and clarifies information as needed; facilitates an open exchange of ideas and fosters an atmosphere of open communication.

Written Communication – expresses facts and ideas in writing in a clear and organized manner

Problem Solving – identifies and analyzes problems; distinguishes between relevant and irrelevant information to make informed decisions; provides solutions to individual and organizational problems.

Continual Learning - grasps new information; recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues self-development, seeks feedback from others and welcomes opportunities to learn new things.

Flexibility – open to change and new information; adapts behavior and work methods in response to new information; adjusts to new situations warranting attention and resolution.

Sound Decision-making – exercises good judgment in making decisions; seeks all the information to make informed decisions; perceives the impact and implication of decisions, even when data is limited, or solutions produce unpleasant consequences.


The following knowledge and skills are required for an individual to be able to perform the duties of this position:

  • Strong knowledge of Municipal Services program administration, including preventative maintenance and inspection procedures.
  • Strong knowledge of water & sanitation systems management, including water sampling & testing techniques.
  • Strong knowledge of building and road maintenance & repair.
  • Strong knowledge of contract development and management.
  • Basic knowledge of mechanical, plumbing, heating & electrical systems and heavy duty equipment operation.
  • Working knowledge of applicable bylaws, procedures, programs and regulatory requirements.
  • Good writing, communication and problem solving/analytical skills.
  • Understanding of project management best practices
  • Demonstrated strong leadership/teambuilding skills
  • Good computer skills.
  • Stress and time management skills.
  • Familiarity with GIS and CAD software


The Director of Public Works and Engineering would normally attain the required knowledge, skills and attitudes through completion of post-secondary education in a related engineering discipline and five years’ experience as a Professional Engineer, preferably in a civil/municipal context. Equivalencies will be considered.


Physical Demands

At times, the Director of Public Works position will require site work. The incumbent will have to work in all weather and must be prepared for both extreme heat and cold.

Environmental Conditions

The Director of Public Works must oversee work in challenging conditions, with extreme heat and cold and other factors.

Sensory Demands

There are no unusual sensory demands with this position.

Mental Demands

The Director of Public Works must lead staff in completing work that is challenging, demanding, influenced by weather/climate and is visible to the public.  This can create stress as well as challenges to multitasking and concurrent project management requirements.


Position Security

  • Position of Trust – criminal records check required

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